When I say I am concerned about mass government surveillance, is it just personal squeamishness about privacy? Is it that I “have something to hide?” Shouldn’t those things be considered less important than making us safer?
Yes, as a matter of fact, they should be. The question of whether or not to accept constant surveillance of private citizens is about making us safer. Only it is vital that we remember all the kinds of safety we need to preserve. There are many dangers in the world. We cannot allow ourselves to wear blinders and see only some of them. Here I talk a bit about what is really at stake when we give people the power to watch everything we do.